Funders have been some of the biggest champions of making publication of research faster and more accessible. The latest push supports “preprinting” life sciences research ahead of journal publication.
Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area historically fueled by public funds.
Looking back at the year in science philanthropy, there were a lot of big stories, but none as pervasive as the influx of cash going to work that leverages large amounts of data. We look at the highlights.
Since last year, the Moore Foundation has been at the forefront of large funders supporting advances in data science. Its latest burst of funding goes to 14 researchers, with an emphasis on open source approaches.
Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation granted $757,876 to University of California's School of Earth & Marine Science this month to support the Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST). JFAST is the world's "first ever underwater earthquake 'observatory.'" They drilled at the site of the "Tohoku megathrust earthquake," which occurred in March of 2011 and produced the tsunami that devastated Japan.